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Can I get into Emory with a not great GPA

zoe.ggirlzoe.ggirl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
Hi All. So I was wondering if I should consider Emory. And I was also wondering what ED2 is. Is that binding? Scores and EX's below.

GPA: 3.4
AP's (taken senior year; first year taking them): 2, AP Lang and AP Psych
Honors: 4 (French 2 years in a row, english honors junior year, history honors junior year)
I am mainly a B+ student, but I did get a few Cs In honors level classes junior year.

My courses
Freshman Year: Global History (B+), French 2 (A), Algebra I (B+), Biology I (B), English 1 (B)
Sophomore Year: Algebra 2 Advanced (B+), Geometry Advanced (B+), English 2 (B+), U. S. History I (A), Chemistry I (A), French 2 Honors (B+)
Junior Year: Physics (C+), Precalc Advanced (C+), French 4 Honors (C+), English 3 Honors (B+), U.s. history 2 (B+)
Senior year: Calculus, Forensics, French 5, AP LANG, AP PSYCH

- ran track for four years (winter and spring)
- ran cross country for 3 years
- raised 12,000 dollars for charity Mary's meals to build a school in Liberia
- Director of PR in community service club
- church ministry leader
- lifeguard
- precalc math class/intro to calc class summer 2017

SAT score: 1460 on the 1600 scale

Replies to: Can I get into Emory with a not great GPA

  • zoe.ggirlzoe.ggirl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Also US History in junior year should be honors
  • zoe.ggirlzoe.ggirl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Also, what schools should I look at with this resume?
  • PiccoloMom1995PiccoloMom1995 Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    ED2 means Early Decision 2. A 3.4 GPA is too low for Emory: the overall acceptance rate for the incoming class of 2020 was 22% with a 3.81 unweighted average. Emory tends to be fall among the top 25 private university rankings.

    It is difficult to recommend schools not knowing what your preference for school size and geographical location is, what your interests are, financial aid needs, etc.
  • VANDEMORY1342VANDEMORY1342 Registered User Posts: 435 Member
    edited July 18
    I disagree with the above poster, a 3.4 is not too low. Emory is special as they have admissions at is main campus in Atlanta and another smaller campus in Covington ga. I will say this for the best chance of admissions at any of Emory's campuses, I would apply ED1 to both Emory and Oxford ( Covington campus). I would also retake the SAT and get close to a 1500 as possible. You have great EC's with impressive community service and Emory really appreciates applicants with string community service. Good luck and I hope you aren't discouraged from applying.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 4,401 Senior Member

    I would consider a subject test or 2 in your areas of interest because you do not have many APs and only 1 of the 2 you are taking are considered particularly challenging. GPA is very context dependent. If you go to a school that is easy/has high grade inflation (as in top ranked students have near or higher than 4.0 unweighted GPAs), a 3.4 will make it very hard unless there were some circumstances that explain it. You need something other than SAT reasoning to show them that you learn and do decently in subject specific situations. Emory and many Ivies and top LACs(with the latter 2 requiring SAT 2s) are very into those who have subject level passions or talent. In Emory's case, the adcoms can be forgiving in light of evidence that you can and will perform. Also, since you didn't give your interests and preferences, we cannot recommend other schools (is there even a reason you are interested in Emory. If you could tell us, we have something to go off of at least). Preferences need to be more detailed than "top-ranked" please.
  • PiccoloMom1995PiccoloMom1995 Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    edited July 19
    Thank you bernie12 for being both encouraging but realistic and offering suggestions. The OP has some terrific EC's and Community Service and could be a valuable asset to Emory/Oxford's student body.

  • zoe.ggirlzoe.ggirl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hi everyone. Thanks for the response. I could possibly take the Math 2 subject test or maybe the English subject test. As for recommendations for schools, I like a school with the following characteristics:

    - undergrad enrollment 2500-7,000
    - research opportunity
    - strong humanities, science, and math programs
    - large involvement in community service
    - I don't care about where it is, as long as it's not in a dangerous neighborhood

    - I like Emory because it's ok a city but has a campus. I like the research opportunities and the academics. I feel like I could fit it.

    I appreciate your responses. Any further tips would be good
  • zoe.ggirlzoe.ggirl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Also, I am an extremely passionate person about learning, about helping others, and about making a difference in a community. I think my EC's show that and my essay will too. My grades aren't great, but my essay talks about how hard I work and how I am resilient and driven. With these qualities, do I have a shot? I AM NOT GONNA WASTE MY SHOT, NOT GONNA WASTE MY SHOTS, JUST LIKE MY COUNTRY I AM YOUNG SCRAPPY AND HOT AND I AM NOT GONNA WASTE MY SHOT! Lol. Also, would inhave a shot at tufts. I love the size and the vibe there.

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